Austin, TX – Dore Chaponick Jr. ran a lap under the existing GTS track record at 2:15.347 to score pole for today’s GTS Pirelli World Challenge Round 1 at the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by VP Racing Fuels. The 30-minute session was held under overcast skies 60 degree temperatures.
Brett Sandberg, in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, set the pace early in Texas with a fast lap of 2:17.047 at the eight-minute mark, ahead of Chaponick Jr., in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, who logged a 2:17.063. At that point in the session Scott Dollahite, in the in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, was in third, with a lap of 2:17.047.
At the 10-minute mark, the order changed as Dollahite took his Lotus to position one with a fast time 2:16.349 over Chaponick Jr., who had also gone faster, with a 2:16.595. Sandberg remained in third, ahead of Parker Chase with a lap of 2:17.326, driving the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT. Chase was fastest in the second GTS practice session on Friday.
A few moments later, Sandberg went back to first with a lap of 2:16.209, and Nate Stacy, driving the No. 14 Roush Performance Road Racing Ford Boss 302, jumped to fourth with a lap of 2:16.641 followed by two-time GTS driver’s champion Lawson Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, in fifth with a lap of 2:16.649.
With eight minutes to go the fast time changed again as Chaponick, Jr. went to the top with a lap of 2:15.347, under the existing GTS qualifying track record set last year by Kris Wilson in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 (2:15.943). That lap would stand up for the GTS pole ahead of Sandberg, who will start on the outside of the front row. Dollahite qualified third with Stacy and Aschenbach following.
Results are provisional until posted final. GTS drivers next hits the track today at 4:15 p.m. central for the class’ first race of the 2016 season from COTA. Watch the race live at motortrendondemand.com and follow live timing at world-challenge.com.